SAGE Scholars Program

  • SAGE Scholars Program*

Program Overview:

SAGE Scholars is a cohort-based scholarship program for engineering and computer science students funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). This program continues a tradition of NSF-funded scholarship programs at Boise State that support students. SAGE Scholars receive a combination of academic advising, professional development, social experiences, and significant financial support.

Academic Support (First Year)
As SAGE Scholars, students will enroll in a two-semester course sequence taught by the SAGE Scholars program director. These courses focus on academic preparedness and success strategies for engineering and computer science coursework.
Students must meet the following criteria during their first year in the SAGE Scholars program in order to be eligible for the SAGE Scholarship in their second year. Students who do not fulfill one or more of these criteria may appeal to regain eligibility:

  • Continued enrollment in an engineering or computer science major
  • Earning a grade of B or higher in all first-year math courses and passing Math 170 (Calculus I) by the end of their second semester
  • Earning a grade of B or higher in all SAGE Scholars courses
  • Active participation in SAGE Scholars activities
  • Compliance with the conditions of the SAGE Scholars program

Financial Support (Second Year)
SAGE Scholars are eligible for a scholarship of up to $8000 (depending on the individual level of need) for their second year if they meet the criteria listed above in their first year.
Awards are made one semester at a time. Fall 2022 awards will be made in Summer 2022 based on successful fulfillment of eligibility requirements during the 2021-22 academic year. Spring 2023 awards will be made after Fall 2022 grades are finalized (and should be awarded in time to pay fees for Spring 2023). The total award amount for the year will be divided equally between the two semesters (e.g. a scholarship of $8000 for the year will be awarded as $4000 in the fall and $4000 in the spring, provided that the student maintains eligibility).
In order to maintain eligibility for the SAGE Scholarship during their second year, SAGE Scholars must meet the following criteria:

  • Continued full-time enrollment (12 credits or more) in and satisfactory progress toward an engineering or computer science major.
  • Compliance with the conditions of the SAGE Scholars Program, including abiding by the Boise State Student Code of Conduct
  • Not work more than 20 hours per week (if this will be a hardship for you, please reach out to the SAGE Scholars program and/or your academic advisor to work out a plan for how you can work more than this and still be successful academically)
    Note: There is no event or involvement requirement in the second year of the program, though students are still encouraged to be involved with campus events and interact with other students in the program.

Support Outside of the Classroom
SAGE Scholars will participate in social and professional development activities throughout the first year of the program. All SAGE Scholars are also assigned a faculty mentor from the College of Engineering who will meet with them throughout their first year. Faculty mentors and students can decide after the first year if they want to continue to meet, but it is not required after the first year.

Criteria for Admission to the SAGE Scholars Program
In addition to completing the application and satisfying the following criteria, students interested in the program will have an interview (in person, over the phone, or by video call) with program staff.

Students must be:

  • Enroll full-time (at least 12 credits) at Boise State University
  • Major in Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering (or pre-Mechanical), Materials Science & Engineering, Computer Science, or Engineering Plus
  • Exhibit federal qualification for financial aid (Students must have FAFSA on file for their application to be considered)
  • Place into Math 143 or Math 144 (SAT Math 540-650, ACT Math 23-28, or Boise State math placement test)*
  • Have evidence of prior strong academic achievement
  • Meet NSF S-STEM citizenship/residence requirements for scholarship funding (US Citizen or Permanent Resident)
    There is some flexibility in this. Students who initially place into Math 143 or 144 and subsequently placed into a higher math course may be admitted into the program on a case-by-case basis. Students who place into Math 108 (ACT 18-22, SAT 430-539) may be eligible with additional conditions.

Contact Information
Do you have questions about the SAGE Scholars program or your SAGE Scholarship award? Please contact or

Up to $8,000 (depending on individual level of need) for their second year if they meet the criteria outlined in the program expectations contract.
Departments / Colleges
College of Engineering, SAGE Scholars Program
Supplemental Questions
  1. How did you hear about the SAGE Scholars Program?
  2. We look forward to speaking with you and will be reaching out to schedule an interview. We would like to do as many interviews as possible in-person on campus, especially if you live in the Boise area. However, if you are not able to come to the Boise State campus, we can also do an interview over the phone or via video call. Can you come to the Boise State campus to do an interview in person? Interviews are held in the Program Director's office, Room 307 in the Engineering Building.